Without knowing more… I can’t really recommend an under-$12 total solution.
For 1A, the Classic rocks, but at under $10, to get it to “awesome” requires more money: bearing and pads.
Just OVER the budget for a complete solution would be a PSG.
I find the Classic with upgrades and the PSG to be multi-style power-houses. 1A, 3A, 5A, they rock it. Counterweight and second yoyos(and parts as applicable) is your issue and extra cost.
Asteroid is a 1A yoyo for sure. Good stuff, but just over budget. Heck, so is the Surge and it’s well worth what you’re paying for it. Heck, they are both easily worth twice to three times what you pay NEW. Let’s toss the Alpha Crash in that category too. Why not cram the OneStar in there too while we’re at it, and that sucker can grind like nothing you’ve seen before. Well, that is unless you’ve used celcon and delrins before! The OneStar may be light, but it’s still a good player.
I can’t find a pair of loopers for that kind of money that I like. Closes I can get is the Loop 360’s at $8 each, but you’re over budget.
The YYF Whip is great, but it’s too darn light. If you’re gonna spring for it, get the Champions Edition because it’s like you’re buying a free CBC CenterTrac and they throw in the yoyo for free.
The YYF Stackless Grind Machine is better weight, similar shape, but still over your budget.
If the stars align, a Magic YoYo T5 can be had for $12 OR LESS shipped directly to your door. You better expect to wait about 3 weeks. Metal!!
If you’re really into using the $12 to knock down what you’re spending, and are willing to raise your total budget to INCLUDE that $12, then we can really get something going for you.